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Mr. Central Illinois Bear 2018 Contest this weekend

PEORIA — The River City Bears of Peoria are holding their annual Central Illinois Bear contest this weekend at Blondies in Peoria. The contest is open to guys throughout Central Illinois including Peoria, Bloomington, Galesburg, Springfield, Decatur and Champaign/Urbana. People can enter in either the Bear portion or the Cub portion. The winners will go on…

Lambda Legal urges senators to convince White House to withdraw Kavanaugh nomination

WASHINGTON — Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, issued the following statement: “Allegations of sexual violence should always be taken seriously and properly investigated.  The allegations of sexual misconduct brought forward by Dr. Ford, as well as the new claims brought to the public’s attention this evening, should be immediately referred…

U.S. doctors’ group endorses event-based PrEP

AMSTERDAM — For the first time, a U.S.-based doctors group has endorsed event-based PrEP use. AIDSMap.com reported that the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) made the recommendation during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam last month. In this case, event-based means PrEP is given on demand instead of a regular daily dose. According to AIDSMap, IAS-USA…

LGBTQI+ Spirituality Forum Oct. 16 at ISU

Please join us from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the ISU Bone Student Center Old Main Room for a spirituality forum hosted by the Prairie Pride Coalition which will acknowledge how members of the LGBTQIA+ community have been harmed by religion, and how some faith traditions are seeking change, reconciliation, and healing.

Dinner with Friends raises money in Central Illinois

PEORIA — Central Illinois Friends (CIF) held one of their Dinner with Friends tours in Peoria this week. So far, according to Deric Tucker Kimler of Central Illinois Friends, 130 people showing up for the restaurant visits, with up to 75 people attending at a single location. At the halfway point, after four host-your-own events and eight…

61 LGBTQ orgs call for delay on Kavanaugh hearing

WASHINGTON — More than 60 LGBTQ organizations from across the country have called on the Senate Judiciary to delay hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In an open letter, the organizations want the hearings delayed to allow an investigation of the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. The participating organizations include Equality Illinois and LGBTQ…

Kenosha student sues over anti-LGBTQ bullying

KENOSHA — A high school student in this city just north of the Illinois state line is suing his high school because they didn’t do enough to prevent him from being bullied. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the school administration was “completely indifferent” to the anti-LGBTQ harassment that eventually forced him to leave school. From…

Ohio city may ban conversion therapy

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The city council in this Cleveland suburb is considering an ordinance that would ban conversion therapy for minors. Cleveland.com reported on Wednesday that Ward 4 City Councilman Daniel J. O’Malley is sponsoring the ordinance. “We’ve seen some really tragic examples of how conversion therapy has impacted LGBT youth,” O’Malley told the website.…